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I SAY YES TO YOUTH IN PARLIAMENT!

Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group. The IPU has identified the six ways below to change this. Please take two minutes to pick one or more pledge(s) to make your parliament younger! 

TO YOUTH IN PARLIAMENT!
I SAY YES
MPs who have pledged YES to more Youth in Parliaments
Duarte Pacheco - President of the IPU
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PT
Martin Chungong - Secretary-General of the IPU
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CM
Dyah Roro Esti Widya Putri
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ID
Nagif Hamzayev
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AZ
Ulrich Lechte
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DE
Dakoa Newman
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GH
Yousef Alfakhri
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LY
Marius Matijosaitis
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LT
Amadou Maiga
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ML
Subhasnee Luchmun Roy
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MU
Jean Francisco Francois
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MU
Cynthia Lopez Castro
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MX
Simon Karu
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NG
Lorenzo Bugli
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SM
Sara Conti
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SM
Andrej Cernigoj
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SI
Nik Prebil
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SI
Amal Saidi
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TN
Richard Thomson
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GB
Vincent Tsvangirai
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ZW
Merja Kyllönen
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FI
Sherod Duncan
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GY
Kennedy Kalonzo
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KE
Sara Falaknaz
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AE
Ovidio Peralta Suárez
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MX
Radu Marian
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MD
Aung Oo
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MM
Michael Faustino Dy
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PH
Hon. Audrey Vidot
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SC
Vincent Kodzo AmeganviI
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TG
Hon. Tatenda Annastacia Mavetera
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ZW
Mahamoud Moustapha Daher
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DJ
Ahmed Alaamer
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BH
Emma Theofelus
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NA
Peter Oladeji
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NG
Saed Abdi Hussein
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SO
Abdullo Aslonov
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UZ
Dinh Cong Sy
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VN
Mohsen Fathi
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IR
Tony Matinjah
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NG
Marina Shkrob
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BY
Maseikov Aleksandr Maseikov
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BY
Valentina Kursevich
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BY
Igor Tavtyn
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BY
Igor Zavalei
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BY
Lyudmila Makarina Kibak
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BY
Pavel Mikhalyuk
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BY
Svetlana Odintsova
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BY
Vladimir Gatsko
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BY
Dagmar Lipper
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DE
Olusegun C. A. Taiwo
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NG
Abdulsalam Mubarak
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NG
Maryam Oyesomi
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NG
Stanley Ushi
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NG
Ali Al Aradi
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BH
Hala Fayez
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BH
Juan Graham
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MX
Akande Yusuf
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NG
Juliet Sebastine
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NG
Muhammad Alfa Muhammad
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NG
Hon. Musa Sani
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NG
Timothy Wali
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NG
Hon Lorraine Nxumalo
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SZ
Oluwadamilola Gafar
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NG
Aleksandr Shipulo
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BY
Emmanuel Mvunabo
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RW
Sven Spengemann
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CA
Monika Zajkova
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MK
Abdulmalik Shaibu
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NG
Amanza Walton Desir
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GY
Hon. Kelly Samynadin
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SC
Joanah Mamombe
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ZW
Karim Abdel Razik
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EG
Kilamba Kiuyima Van-Dúnem
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AO
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
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CA
Saber Chowdhury
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BD
Sahar Albazar
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EG
Sarah Elago
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PH
Sathyanarayanan Naidu
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SC
Vytautas Gapšys
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LT
Abel Pires da Silva
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TL
Elvina Sousa Carvalho
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TL
Abdelwahed Radi
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MA
Aida Ayoub
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EG
Annita Demetriou
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CY
Eche Wanji
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SS
Esther Anyakun
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UG
Issara Sereewatthanawut
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TH
Mariama Baba Moussa
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BJ
Roberta Metsola
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MT
Wilma Andrade Muños
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EC
Hanafy Ali El Gebali
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EG
Eddie Serge Fernand
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MG
Herimanana Razafimahefa
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MG
Edite Estrela
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PT
Salman Abdulnabi
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BH
Dr. Daniel Risch - Prime Minister of Liechtenstein
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LI
Dominique Ephrem Yandocka
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CF
Dona Léon Aden Houessou
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BJ
Epiphane Honfo
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BJ
Ravin Soerdjbale
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SR
Talat Xhaferi
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MK
Aigul Kuspan
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KZ
Hortense Martins
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PT
Oumoul Koultchoumi Ahidjo
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CM
Oussama Khlifi
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TN
Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes
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TL
Fawzia Zainal
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BH
Jemma Nunu Kumba
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SS
Małgorzata Prokop-Paczkowska
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PL
Patrick Kemper
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Country
UY
Fathi Ayadi
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TN
Mmatlala Boroto
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ZA
Ravza Kavacki Kan
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Country
TR
Antonia Da Conceicao
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TL
Francisco Dionisio Fernandes
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TL
Hamidou Traore
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ML
Mergane Adji Diarra Kanouté
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SN
Hasan Kareem Al-Chaabawi
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IQ
Luis Roberto Da Silva
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TL
Samuel Nzoungou
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Country
CF
Nevena Đurić
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RS
Mustafa Sentop
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Country
TR
Nancy Odonga Acora
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Country
UG
Fernand Etgen
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Country
LU
Jamal Fakhro
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BH
Fernando Dias dos Santos
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AO
Patrick Nsanja
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UG
Josefina Diakite
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AO
Mohamed Fatih Toprak
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TR
Puan Maharani
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ID
Beatriz Argimón
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UY
Puteri Anetta Komarudin
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ID
about

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape our societies

With future generations destined to live with the political choices made now, it is only right that they have a seat at the decision-making table. Yet young people are underrepresented in parliaments all across the world.

The IPU asks you to take action to increase the number of young parliamentarians by joining our campaign 'I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!'.

Why is youth participation so important?

We cannot solve the problems the world faces if the part of the population that is most directly impacted by them is not part of the decision-making process.

Too many countries have barriers that make young men and women feel excluded from politics, but young people have the right to be included in political decision-making.

Their perspectives, ideas, talents and energy are vital to addressing many of the biggest challenges facing the international community.

Now is the time to ensure that parliaments welcome the younger generation.

What can you do?

Parliamentarians lead the drive for truly representative democracy.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union wants you to “Say Yes” to youth participation in parliament and join a network of MPs and other changemakers of all ages advocating for youth representation.

Join the campaign, share your pledges on social media and show you are ready to stand up for youth participation.

Fewer than 1 in 6 Parliaments has a caucus for young MPs.

Individuals aged 20-39 make up 38.6% of the worlds population.
Yet only 17.5% of MPs are under 40.
 

37%
of chambers of parliament have
NO MPS under 30.

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toolkit

Want to run the I Say Yes! campaign in your parliament?

Download our toolkit to get all resources you need to run your own campaign and encourage youth participation.

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